Three talented AFL players selected in World Team squad
The best multicultural talent in NSW and ACT travelled to Townsville last week to represent the region in the All Nations team at the National Diversity Championships.
Three boys from the All Nations side have been selected in the World Team squad after their standout performances during the week-long carnival.
Harry Cooper (Albion Park Crows), Jehad Chahrouk (Sydney University) and Nicolas Jooste (Baulkham Hills) were thrilled to learn they’d compete at the NAB AFL U16 Championships on the Gold Coast in July alongside the country’s best young footballers.
The World Team is made up of the best upcoming AFL multicultural players from across the nation encouraging people from all backgrounds to participate in the sport.
It wasn’t just their ability on the field that warranted their selection, the talented individuals were also assessed on school attendance and leadership.
Harry Cooper is from Illawarra and has strong family ties to the Albion Park Crows.
He’s a member of the Sydney Swans Academy and has a Japanese background.
The hard-working midfielder showed exemplary leadership skills at the National Diversity Championships as the team’s vice-captain.
Jehad Chahrouk has Lebanese heritage and is a member of the GWS GIANTS Academy who can’t wait to get to the NAB AFL U16 Championships.
“I’m super stoked to make the world team,” Mr Chahrouk said.
“I can’t wait to go up to the Gold Coast and play the best footy I can bring.”
Nicolas Jooste is also in the GWS GIANTS Academy and is proud of his South African culture.
Jooste is extremely excited about what lies ahead.
“The National Diversity Championships gave me a great opportunity and it’s an honour to have been selected for the World Team squad.”
NSW/ACT All Nations coach Joseph La Posta gave all three boys a ringing endorsement.
“Harry’s work ethic was fantastic, he’s great at winning the contested ball and was the vice-captain of the team.
“Jehad was also one of the leaders within the team and worked well at full forward and in the ruck.
“Nick has silky skills and was a great attacking option, kicking a number of running goals at the carnival from the midfield.”